GINGER AND FRED (Federico Fellini, 1986)

There are films by Federico Fellini that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy (8½, for instance); but Ginger and Fred, about a dance team reunited for a Christmastime television special after a thirty years’ separation, is wonderfully entertaining and deeply affecting. Compounding its rich nostalgia is the casting of the two lead roles: Giulietta […]

LOLA (Jacques Demy, 1960)

With a tip of the hat to Marlene Dietrich’s character in Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel (1930), Anouk Aimée dazzles as Cécile, a dancer who goes by the name of Lola at work, where she entertains American G.I.s, in Jacques Demy’s first feature and enduring black-and-white masterpiece, Lola. Nervously breathless, this Lola is like […]